BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has returned to the track for the first time since illness knocked him out of contention for the Belmont Stakes.
The colt jogged one lap around Pimlico on Thursday, his first time on the track since finishing third in the Preakness on May 21.
Nyquist had been limited to walking around the barn since a fever and elevated white blood cell count forced him out of an expected rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in the Belmont on June 11.
Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, says Nyquist was full of energy and is doing well. The 3-year-old colt will train on Friday before flying back to Southern California on Sunday to rejoin O’Neill’s barn at Santa Anita.
No plans have been announced for Nyquist’s next race. The colt won his first eight career races before losing as the favorite in the Preakness.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.
Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.
The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.
“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”
NEW YORK — Green Gratto held on to win the $125,000 Toboggan Stakes by a head on Monday at Aqueduct.
The 7-year-old set the pace under persistent pressure from Story to Tell. Green Gratto finally put away that rival in deep stretch, and had enough in reserve to fend off a final challenge from All Star Red.
The victory capped a big weekend at Aqueduct for jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who got three stakes wins in a four-day span.
The New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, owned and trained by Gaston Grant, earned his eighth win in 51 starts. The time was 1:10.74 for the six furlongs.
Green Gratto paid $7.30, $4.50 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
All Star Red returned $11 and $3.40, and Stallwalkin’ Dude, the 4-5 favorite, paid $2.10 to show.